Bacoor City cash aid suspended

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    BACOOR City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla has suspended the distribution of cash assistance from the national government after an employee from the City Treasurer’s office exhibited COVID-19 symptoms.

    Revilla has likewise ordered the temporary closure of the city hall for disinfection.

    Aside from the City Treasurer’s Office staff, two other personnel from the city legal office also tested positive.

    Revilla said an RT PCR test has been done on the employee from the City Treasurer’s office, while the rest of the staff were subjected to antigen tests.

    Revilla said she suspended the distribution on Tuesday night after the head of the City Treasurer’s unit informed her that one of her staff had showed signs of COVID-19 infection.

    “It’s hard if our city treasurer’s office, who may be contaminated, will continue to go to barangays and unduly contaminate the beneficiaries of the government assistance,” she said.

    The mayor did not say when the cash aid distribution would resume.

    Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista and other national and local officials yesterday launched the distribution of cash assistance from the national government in Parañaque City morning.

    Parañaque City mayor Edwin Olivarez said his local government unit has received P604 million as its allocation for the special amelioration program.

    Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander Lt. Gen. Cesar Binag said police commanders have been ordered to ensure social distancing during the distribution of the aid in the Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan. –